How to sleep better


Feeling sleep deprived?

The problem is it isn’t always easy to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, as we age this can get even harder as you wake more often during the night. During a restful night’s slumber your body will go through a cycle of light, deep and active sleep. Each stage is important. But it’s when our body is in deep sleep (which is about 20% of the time) that our body repairs itself. This is when the organs detoxify, our body replaces cells, heals wounds and builds up muscle. As our body rests, our blood pressure is lowered giving the cardiovascular system a break. Sleep is also a really important time for brain function. This is when our minds can archive memories, process new information and exercise important neurological connections. These are all vital for brain development.

How many hours' sleep do you need?

But how much do we really need to help rejuvenate our body? The truth is that everyone is different. Margaret Thatcher may have famously said she only slept for four hours a night, but most adults need between 7-9 hours. School children need around 9-11 hours a night and teenagers between 8-10 hours of shut eye. Regardless of our age, the best sleep habits are ones that are consistent. This is why babies and children have a bedtime routine to help their bodies wind down before bedtime.

If you’re struggling with your sleep at the moment, here’s a quick check-list of some ways you can improve this. Consequently, you’ll feel healthier and happier when you wake up in the morning:

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